Opposition Growing to Bell-Astral Merger

Consumer, industry and activist groups are going public against the proposed $3 billion Bell-Astral media merger.
Opposition Growing to Bell-Astral Merger

More voices are joining the crescendo of criticism over Bell Canada’s proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc., which would see the telecom giant grow to more than twice the size of its closest competitor.

Consumer, industry, and activist groups have all raised the alarm over the $3.38 billion takeover, which is currently under review by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Competition Bureau.

On Tuesday, telecommunications competitor Telus announced it is joining the campaign to quash the deal, saying it is not in the public interest.